Scottish Network for Religion and Literature

Conversations, talks, panel discussions and book launches organised by the School of Divinity’s new Scottish Network for Religion and Literature.

All welcome. For enquiries, please contact Dr Alison Jack:

Semester 2: Spring 2024

Date Speakers Topic

2 February, 11:10am-12:30pm, Martin Hall

Professor Hugh Pyper (Sheffield University)

A joint event with the Biblical Studies Research Seminar. Professor Hugh Pyper will take part in a panel conversation about his new translation of part of the Hebrew Bible into Scots, The Five Scrolls.

28 February, 4:10-5:30pm, Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre

Dr Katie Harling-Lee (Durham University)

A joint event with the Theology and Ethics Research Seminar. Dr Katie Harling-Lee from Durham University will speak on Quaker theology and practice in the novel The Deepening Stream by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958).

4 March, 1-2.30pm, Martin Hall

Ashley Douglas

To mark International Women’s Day, a joint event with the EDI Committee and NC Pride, with Edinburgh-based linguist and historian Ashley Douglas will be held. Ashley specialises in LGBT history  and is currently writing a book on a 16th century Scottish lesbian poet, Marie Maitland, the penwoman behind the Maitland Quarto.

13 March, 4:10-5:30pm, Martin Hall Dr Karen Skinazi (Bristol University)

A joint event with the Religious Studies Research Seminar. Dr Karen Skinazi from Bristol University will speak about her book Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture, and her more recent research on the productive interface between Muslim and Jewish women’s lives, literature, film and activism.

20 March, 5-7pm, Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre

Professor David Jasper

Professor Heather Walton

Join us for the Book Launch of David Jasper's Scripture and Literature: A David Jasper Anthology, on 20th March at 5pm in the Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre. Professor Heather Walton will share highlights from the new book in conversation with David.

This event will be followed by a reception in the Rainy Hall.


1 April, 4:10-5:30pm, Martin Hall  

A joint event with the Science and Religion Research Seminar. A book launch for Science and Religion in Western Literature: Critical and Theological Studies (pb), edited by Dr Michael Fuller.